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Rebuilt Jimmy Hoffa Barn Joins Farm Tour

September 28, 2007

A tour will give enthusiasts a chance to see the horse barn the government bought to replace the one it demolished last year in a fruitless search for the body of missing Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa.

Even though Hoffa's remains weren't... Read More


Interstate 44 Trailer Accident: One Year Later

September 26, 2007

One year after a trailer hauling 42 horses to slaughter overturned on Interstate 44 in Franklin County, Mo., many of the horses have recovered and are available for adoption... Read More


Kentucky Breeder Incentives Could Increase 20%

September 12, 2007

The Kentucky Breeders Incentive Program, which began offering financial awards for various breeds of horses in 2006, is poised to increase by 20%--to about $18 million or $19 million--next year.

The program for Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds,... Read More


Countries Agree on Plan to Save Rare Livestock Breeds

September 09, 2007

One hundred and eight countries have agreed on an action plan to save endangered livestock breeds, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said Friday.

The move follows warnings from scientists earlier this week that rare breeds are... Read More


Congressman to Officiate Opening of Kentucky Equine Humane Center

September 06, 2007

Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky) will get to wield a pair of scissors and slice through a ribbon to officially open the new Kentucky Equine Humane Center (KyEHC), a facility established with the specific goal of providing owners with a humane... Read More


Laminitis Discussion Coming to SmartPak Store

September 05, 2007

According to the National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) 2000 report, 13% of all horse facilities participating in the study had a horse struck by laminitis in the previous year--and 4.7% of these horses died or were euthanatized. That... Read More


Tennessee Offering Cost Share Program for Hay Storage Buildings

August 24, 2007

Despite drought conditions that have devastated pastures and hay production in Tennessee, demand by farmers is strong for cost share assistance to build hay storage structures, according to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

Sinc... Read More


Deadline Nearing for Hoof Boot Video Contest

August 18, 2007

There are only two weeks left to enter a contest held by EasyCare Inc. Entrants can submit their own “booting tips or commercials” to EasyCare via Videos should depict or illustrates how to use EasyCare Hoof Boots, or show EasyCare... Read More


Horse OK After Being Struck with Hatchet

August 16, 2007

A horse in Adams, Tenn., is expected to recover after it was found Wednesday with a hatchet stuck in its skull between the eyes. The hatchet used for cutting tobacco plants was removed by veterinarian Dan Hitch, who stitched up the wound. The... Read More


New Security Rules Initiated at Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration

August 15, 2007

There should be no doubt about the soundness of horses competing at this year's Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tenn., event directors said, thanks to new security measures aimed at preventing everything from doping... Read More


New Members Join Kentucky Horse Council Board

August 06, 2007

Three new members have joined the Kentucky Horse Council Board, President Madelyn Millard, of Waterwild Farm, announced Aug. 6.

New members include:

  • Latonna Wilson, a marketing specialist with Rood and Riddle Pharmacy, join... Read More


Alabama Drought Getting Worse

August 04, 2007

The latest survey from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows the drought is getting worse in Alabama despite recent heavy rains in some parts of the state.

The D-4 area representin... Read More


New Equine Hospital Opening in Montana

July 25, 2007

A new state-of-the-art medical and surgical center for horses in the Rocky Mountains has opened at a prominent equine training and breeding center in the Bozeman, Mont., area.  

CSR Equine specializes in lameness and reproductive care,... Read More


Pair With Horse, 7 Dogs in Home Arrested

July 18, 2007

Authorities removed a Miniature Horse and seven dogs from a Modesto, Calif., home strewn with feces and rotting produce and charged the owners with endangering their 12-year-old child, officials said.

Joe Silva and Nichole Surkala's house was... Read More


Herd of Horses on Oregon Highway Involved in Van Crash

July 08, 2007

An Oregon woman was injured Friday night when the van she was driving struck horses on Highway 62, the Mail Tribune reported. Two... Read More


Kentucky Equine Hospital to Hold Open House July 14

July 03, 2007

A new equine veterinary clinic in Versailles, Ky., will hold its open house Saturday, July 14.

Woodford Equine Hospital, which branched off from Woodford Veterinary Clinic, has completed construction on its surgery suites, indoor working... Read More


Kentucky Seeing Shortage of Large Animal Vets

July 03, 2007

Dr. Roger Wonderlich admits he is one of a dying breed.

The Shelby County, Ky., veterinarian specializes in treating large animals, like farm animals, that are often tougher to handle than domesticated dogs and cats.

Vets like... Read More


Research... Missing Dollars

July 01, 2007

Leaders in veterinary research and the equine industry should develop policy initiatives that recognize needed changes in the research landscape. Equine medicine remains grossly underfunded. As companion animals, horses receive few government... Read More


SmartPak Celebrating First Anniversary of Retail Store

June 29, 2007

SmartPak has announced plans for an anniversary celebration at its retail store, which opened its doors on August 1, 2006. The store, located in Natick, Mass., will host special events including free giveaways, raffles, product promotions, and... Read More


Wisconsin Firefighters Rescue Donkey from Well

June 11, 2007

Firefighters in Plymouth, Wis., used a harness and a tow truck to pull a donkey from an old well Friday after it fell 15 feet. The rescue happened about an hour and a half after the fire department responded to a 10 a.m. call to the home of Francis... Read More


Massachusetts Trail Ride to Benefit Injured Rider

June 02, 2007

Everything changed in an instant for Montague, Mass., horsewoman Olivia "Pinnie" Sears when a horseback riding accident April 11 on the Montague Plains left her facedown on the ground. Sears sustained numerous injuries when her horse, Julio,... Read More


Forecasters Project Busy Hurricane Season

May 22, 2007

Hurricane forecasters expect more tropical storms than normal this season, and "it just takes one to make it a bad year," says Conrad Lautenbacher, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

National Weather Service... Read More


Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum to Celebrate Reopening

May 15, 2007

The doors are opening to the new, state-of-the-art American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum, and fans of the breed are cordially invited to walk among legends at the grand opening June 9, 2007.

Visitors have the... Read More


Group Objecting to Plan to Tranquilize Serbian Horses for Stones Concert

April 18, 2007

Officials in Belgrade are making plans to sedate as many as 300 racehorses during a Rolling Stones concert booked at a racecourse, Reuters... Read More


NIAA: New Board Members Elected, Retirees Recognized

April 11, 2007

Four industry leaders representing a diverse cross-section of animal agriculture were elected to the Board of Directors of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture at the association's annual meeting last week in Sacramento, Calif.... Read More